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September, 2017

  • 1 September

    Duterte backs FDA thrusts

    It looks like the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) remains as the only agency in the government health sector that can weather the onslaught of controversies. It will be recalled that the Department of Health (DoH), the mother agency, has been besieged with issues which held the confirmation of Secretary Paulyn Ubial by the powerful Commission on Appointments (CA) hostage. 

August, 2017

  • 20 August

    The home we carry in a bowl of ‘ginataang bilo-bilo’

    No special occasion, really. A few spoonful at a time for dessert or as a second breakfast would be it, though I like it mixed with fruits, cereal and wheat bran, cold, for breakfast, concocting a new taste, which, while signaling the satiation of a longed-for flavor and an affirmation that the home we carry remains lodged within, also hints …

  • 13 August

    The many ways Filipinos express emotions

    My sister came home once with the news of how her boss heard his daughter’s first laughter on his cell phone, and howgarakgak , an Iluko word, instantly came to her mind; but could she tell her boss how this actually describes the sound that thrilled him? How a baby’s laughter first cracks like a branch and screeches with heaves …

  • 13 August

    Queen of Philippine chocolate spreads ‘tablea’ to the world

    At the recent Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Ministerial Meeting, guests and delegates were treated to a live demonstration of making cacao de bola, which is chocolate in its purest form by tablea maker Racquel Choa, who is known as the “Queen of Chocolate”.

  • 13 August

    ‘Nagmamahal Meralco’ launched to counter ‘sweetheart’ power deals

    Civil society organizations and consumers from the Power for People Coalition (P4P) who petitioned against Meralco’s Power Supply Agreements launched “Nagmamahal, Meralco “, a campaign contesting the company’s sweetheart deals with companies powered by dirty and costly energy.

  • 6 August

    Boracay residents appeal to Secretary Cimatu

    It was the best island in the world in 2012, according to the prestigious international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. 

  • 6 August

    New York City—what makes you pine to be there?

    Mention of New York City would often bring on an “Ooowww…” with a slight rise of the brow. It’s not unusual. True, New York easily fulfills a dream, of “seeing and believing”, but one could also be startled finding the ordinary. 

  • 6 August

    Art as tool to spread message of peace

    Zamboanga City—Tausug painter Rameer Amilasan Tawasil is using the canvass to bat for peace, drawing inspiration from his dark childhood marred by bloodshed and the chaos of the Moro rebellion. 

July, 2017

  • 9 July

    Health officials warned: Big Business pressure is on

    Media circles were recently abuzz with talks that big business interests have given the green light for a well-funded, well-orchestrated campaign to put pressure on key public health sector officials. 

  • 9 July

    Power and energy as organic and metaphorical reality

    With a coastline that could gird a distance as far as the western hemisphere and back, hence, abundant water, wind and tidal waves—and year-round sunlight—how could it not generate power from its most natural renewable resources? Apparently, it does and it has. According to a country report by Noel R. Estoperez for the Philippines at the Hangzhou Regional Center for …